I have to say that hands down the Xbox 360 has been the best console of this generation. It by far has had more compelling first party experiences and overall multi-platform games have fared much better on the 360 than the PS3. That being said as we head into 2010 the 360 is beginning to show its age next to the power house PS3. Games like Uncharted 2 have shown what the PS3 is capable of and titles like Dragon Age looked better on the Ps3 due to the uncompressed graphics made possible by the Blu-ray disk capacity. Another indicator on the age of the 360 are titles such as Mass Effect 2 and Final Fantasy XIII both of which have release on multiple disks due to the space constraints of the DVD format. These are early indicators, but the PS3 is positioned much better for a longer life-cycle than that of the 360. I still say the 360 has the better library but that can only carry you so far. One has to think, that with its limited disk capacity coupled with a lack of processing power compared to the Ps3, that Microsoft has to be well into the planning stages for the next console release. Let’s just all pray that the next one doesn’t have the failure rate of its big brother.
I have to agree regarding Blu Ray. I was quite annoyed to have to switch disks during ME2. I loved the game but I didn’t love switching the disks.
I just bought FFXIII for the PS3. Why? Primarily because it comes on a single BD rather than 3 DVDs. In addition, the graphics on the Xbox 360 version are much more highly compressed. While a small nit, of course, it only compounds the limits of a DVD medium.
I think Sony has really struggled this generation. However, I do see slight glimmers of wisdom starting to shine through the shroud.
Although I do not have a PS3 I have found the exclusive compelling for the 360 VS. the PS3. I do however completely agree that the 360 cannot go the distance. As you point out it is losing already and exclusives only help with so much. But what’s up with no love to the Wii here? You will NOT find SuperMario Bros. on the PS3 OR the 360….
I thought about that. I have a Wii and have really enjoyed the first party games that have come out so far. I have Super Mario Galaxy 2 pre-ordered and I’m really looking forward to it. From my perspective it is hard to put the Wii in the same category as the PS3 and 360 as it is such a different platform. Nintendo is the only company that could really pulled off what it has with such outdated hardware. The graphic style of the core titles really lend themselves to the hardware. I do love the Wii but the good titles for me have been few and far between. I go months without turning it on and the times when we do it has mostly been to play a few rounds of bowling on Wii sports. I still think this platform has been a test run for what is to come. I don’t think Nintendo ever expect to see this kind of adoption for the Wii. I’m really looking forward to what the guys at the big N have coming for us next. I do plan to do a Wii exclusive post before long.